Last updated November 29, 2021
Business License in Connecticut
Overview: How to start an LLC in Connecticut
Connecticut LLC costs:
Formation fee: $120
Annual fee: $80 per year
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After your Connecticut LLC is approved, you’ll need to comply with state and local government license and permit requirements.
Your requirements are determined by the industry you are in and where your business is located.
Not complying with license and permit requirements is risky and can result in penalties and fines, or worse, not being allowed to conduct business in the state.
Types of licenses you may need in Connecticut
Below are some license and permits examples:
- Department of Revenue State Tax ID number
- Business operation license/business privilege license
- Sales tax license
- Seller/reseller permit
- Building permit
- Health permit
- Signage permit
- Home occupation permit
- Zoning and land use permits
- Withholding taxes (if you have employees)
Industries that are more regulated usually have more requirements.
Do it yourself in Connecticut
CT Department of Revenue State Tax ID Number
Because you are operating a business in Connecticut, you will need to register with the Department of Revenue and get a CT State Tax Identification Number.
You can register with the Department of Revenue online through the Taxpayer Service Center. Most businesses do so using Form REG-1. However, some licenses (like those for alcohol, tobacco, or nursing homes) require additional documents that you can find in the Registration Applications page.
You can contact the Department of Revenue with any questions at 860-297-5962, or visit their contact page for additional information.
Sales and Use Tax Permit
A Sales and Use Tax Permit from the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is needed for the following activities in Connecticut:
- Sale, rental, or lease of goods
- Sale of a taxable service
- Operation of a hotel, motel, or lodging house
Connecticut Business License Resources
The Connecticut Secretary of State offers a New Business Checklist to help you get started and identify state requirements.
CTNext offers a variety of resources for new businesses in Connecticut.
Advance CT provides personalized service about licensing requirements for your business, covering different industries and aspects of opening a business in Connecticut.
Next Step: Connecticut LLC taxes
After you’ve researched and obtained the proper licenses and permits, you can then proceed to the next lesson: Connecticut LLC taxes.
Connecticut Department of Economic Development: Entrepreneur Resources
Connecticut Department of Economic Development: Small Business Resources
Connecticut Department of Revenue: Register Your Business
Connecticut Department of Revenue: Applications/Registration Applications